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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

Troubleshooting Agile A weekly problem-solving session for all things agile

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Troubleshooting Agile is a problem-solving session for agile teams. Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel look at common problems agile teams face and provide practical, immediately useful advice for getting back on track.

    Choosing Grief over Guilt

    Choosing Grief over Guilt

    When your team misses a sprint goal, or you let down a stakeholder, you or your team may feel guilty—but we make concrete recommendations, using Pixar movies and Adlerian psychology, for grief as a more effective alternative that leads to faster recovery and improvement.

    SHOW LINKS:
    - The Courage to be Disliked: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43306206-the-courage-to-be-disliked
    - Feeling Good podcast: https://feelinggood.com
    - Wisdom at Work meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Wisdom-at-Work-Online-MeetUp
    - Sadness and Joy from Inside Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT6FdhKriB8
    - Just Say No to Need: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/just-say-no-to-need

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    • 18 min
    Leadership and Storytelling

    Leadership and Storytelling

    Continuing from last week's episode on Gemba Walks, we explore how leaders can use information they gather from the "coal face" to tell compelling stories and change culture and direction.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Last week's episode: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/gemba-walks-and-ride-alongs

    - Three Perspectives on Future Search: http://www.marvinweisbord.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Future%20Search%20Perspectives.pdf

    - Pixar Story Course: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/storytelling-pixar-in-a-box

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://agileconversations.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

    • 13 min
    Gemba Walks and Ride-Alongs

    Gemba Walks and Ride-Alongs

    Squirrel and Jeffrey tell two stories of leaders who "walked the floor" to see what work was being done, in two very different situations, and how the resulting stories helped transform their teams.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Gemba Walk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemba
    - Container Stacking blog post: https://thezvi.wordpress.com/2021/10/28/an-unexpected-victory-container-stacking-at-the-port-of-los-angeles/
    - Container Stacking twitter thread: https://twitter.com/typesfast/status/1451543776992845834
    - Secrets of Consulting: http://geraldmweinberg.com/Site/Consulting_Secrets.html

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://agileconversations.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

    • 12 min
    One at a Time

    One at a Time

    Squirrel and Jeffrey consider the benefits and risks of building a feature for just one user. When is this advisable and when is it a product cul-de-sac?

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Alan Cooper on personas: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44098.The_Inmates_Are_Running_the_Asylum
    - Poppendiecks on lean software (waste of software development): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/194338.Lean_Software_Development

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://agileconversations.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

    • 11 min
    Different Drummers: Data Science and Product Cadence, with Ian Ozsvald

    Different Drummers: Data Science and Product Cadence, with Ian Ozsvald

    A listener asks about "de-silo-ifying" data science and how to match cadences between data teams and product teams. Data expert Ian Ozsvald tells stories of insurance forms and data horrors as he helps us explore ways to address this cadence mismatch.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Ian Ozsvald: https://ianozsvald.com
    - PyData London: https://london.pydata.org/
    - Gemba walk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemba#Gemba_Walk

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://agileconversations.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

    • 21 min
    Just Say No to "Need"

    Just Say No to "Need"

    Squirrel and Jeffrey explore their different reasons for recommending that you remove the word "need" from your vocabulary.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - “Need” tweet: https://twitter.com/douglassquirrel/status/1445683926983340037
    - Correct vs useful episode: https://soundcloud.com/troubleshootingagile/correct-vs-useful

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    Our new book, Agile Conversations, is out now! See https://agileconversations.com where you can order your copy and get a free video when you join our mailing list!

    We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or feedback you have about the show.

    Email us at info@agileconversations.com

    • 11 min

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